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ERIC Number: ED453474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-6
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
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That's Not Teasing--That's Bullying: A Study of Fifth Graders' Conceptualization of Bullying and Teasing.
Khosropour, Shirin C.; Walsh, James
This study examines how students perceive and describe the problems they experience or witness in their schools. In addition, a comparison was made of boys' and girls' conceptualizations of bullying and teasing. This work is part of a broader set of studies designed to evaluate Expect Respect, a program implemented in elementary schools in Austin, Texas. The program uses a prevention model to address social acceptance of bullying among students, teachers, and school staff and aims to improve communication and peer relationships among students. Forty fifth-grade students from four schools participated in the study. Two of the schools were part of the Expect Respect program and two were not. One implication of the study's findings is that in order to devise effective programs, children's own terminology of what is meant by bullying and teasing must be understood. It suggests that children may be more likely to assimilate the lessons with their existing experiences if they do not have to first unlearn their own definitions. Data also suggest that although boys and girls conceptualize bullying in the same way, they do not necessarily experience it in the same manner. Appendixes include: Expect Respect Student Interviews and Quotes from Students in Response to Interview Questions. (Contains 24 tables and 14 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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